Armed forces in favour of abolishing voting rights, says minister

Defence Minister Adam Shareef (R) beside President Yameen (C) at the closing ceremony of MNDF 12th Drill Competition. PHOTO/PRESIDENT’S OFFICE

Minister of Defence Adam Shareef declared late Tuesday that the Maldives’ military are in favour of the proposed amendment to the Armed Forces Act to ban military officers from voting in political elections.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)’s 12th Drill Competition, the minister proclaimed that the leadership and soldiers of the military were the first to welcome the notion of amending the Armed Forces Act.

Minister Shareef said the amendment will be lobbied to the parliament this year and expressed hopes for support from ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and other political parties. He went on to assure that the authorities will not rush the amendment, saying, “We’ll proceed with this after completing all the necessary procedures.”

The defence minister also hailed the armed forces’ professionalism which he said is indicated by their support for this bill. He described the military as a force always working towards improvement and progress, highlighting their priority of duty over own agendas.

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